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How to Prepare for Cold and Flu Season with a Strong Immune System

Cold and flu season will be upon us soon and there is no better time to protect yourself than right now with a strong immune system.

What is the immune system? Very simply, our immune system is like a shield that protects our body from the germs, bacteria and viruses that can cause illness. The weaker the immune system, the more vulnerable we are to getting sick. The stronger the immune system, the more we protect ourselves from getting sick. This isn’t to say that we won’t ever catch a cold, but with a strong immune system, we can fight off illnesses more quickly.

So, how do you build a strong immune system? There are several things we can do to make sure our immune system stays healthy and becomes strong.

The first is nutrition. An unhealthy diet often means that we are not giving our bodies the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients it needs in order to stay strong. There’s nothing wrong with a cheeseburger or ice cream on occasion, but moderation is key. Nutritional supplementation, such as vitamins, minerals and immunity boosters are also important to help fill in the blanks that even the best nutrition can’t.

Exercise is another great way to help build a strong immune system. Ever notice how much better you feel after a nice long walk? Regular bike rides, walks, gardening, and even housework are all great forms of exercise that will help contribute to strengthening your immunity.

There are also certain things to avoid. Excessive stress and smoking are just two things that can really compromise and weaken the immune system.

Building and maintaining a strong immune system is not something that happens overnight. It is something that we must continue to strive for our entire lives.